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Paul Robinson has doubts about whether Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou would be a good enough replacement for Illan Meslier amid speculation surrounding the future of both shot-stoppers.
Fichajes.net reported on Wednesday (21 September) that Leeds and West Ham are both interested in signing Bounou, a 31-year-old Morocco international who’s been dubbed as “one of the best goalkeepers in La Liga”.
He won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy last season, which is an award just for goalkeepers who’ve got the lowest goals conceded-to-games ratio in La Liga.
Speculation linking Bounou, who’s also known as Bono and was born in Canada, to Leeds surfaced not long after Meslier, 22, emerged on the radar of Manchester United [Fabrizio Romano] and Tottenham [Phil Hay].
And while he’s done well in Spain, Robinson feels that a Premier League-hardened goalkeeper might be a better bet for Leeds than Bounou should Meslier end up leaving Elland Road in the near future.
“I’ve not seen enough of him to pass comment on him but if he’s playing for Seville and he’s playing in La Liga, then that’s a start,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News. “But the Premier League is very different. “
“We’ve seen a lot of goalkeepers come to the Premier League and not be as good as people would expect them to be.
“Players take a while to adapt to the Premier League and goalkeepers find it very difficult as well because of the speed of the game. Continental goalkeepers have to deal with more balls coming into the box and the number of set-plays.
“It’s very different because you play certain teams in the low echelons of the league who’ll go very direct.
“If you look at other goalkeepers, it took a while for them to settle into the country. Claudio Bravo came into Manchester City and Pep Guardiola said, ‘no, not for me, I got that wrong’ and went straight back into the market to sign Ederson.
“It’s not the same for everyone but it’s a difficult league to adapt.
“Bounou is Sevilla’s number one but for me, Meslier will take some replacing.
“We know that Joel Robles is there but I don’t think there’s any strength in depth. If Meslier goes they’ll need to get someone who’s tried, tested and proven.”
La Razon reported last Thursday (22 September) that Bouou’s release clause has risen from £26.2million to £43.7million this year.
However, it is understood that Sevilla would consider offers below that figure.
In other Leeds United news, European newspapers are raving over the “animalistic’” performance of one Whites star on international duty.